More than 450 people have attended the annual Christmas Day dinner at the RDS in Dublin.

The event offers some much needed festive cheer to homeless people and homeless families, as well as others on low incomes and those who are alone this Christmas.

Now in its 94th year, the event has been a feature of Christmas in Dublin since 1924.

Organised by the Knights of St Columbanus - and backed up by over 300 volunteers – it is designed to make it a special day for all the guests.

Guests are served a three-course meal of soup, traditional Christmas dinner and Christmas pudding.

Toys have also been given to a number of homeless children at the dinner.

More than 3,000 other meals are being delivered throughout the Dublin region today.

As well as the food and entertainment, bags containing provisions such as food, toiletries, soft drinks and household goods are also being handed out.

Meanwhile - Dublin's Inner City Helping Homeless group has reported that 75 people were sleeping rough on the streets of the capital on Christmas Eve, down slightly from a figure of 100 the previous night.

People also attended a number of charity swims and runs at venues around the country this morning.


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